2021 ATLANTA CLASSIC
- May 14-16, 2021
- McAuley Aquatic Center @ Georgia Tech
- Atlanta, GA
- Hosted by SwimAtlanta
- LCM Format (50m)
- Top 40 Finals: A, B, C, D (18&U)
- Meet Site
- Meet Packet
- Psych Sheets
- Wave I & II Olympic Trials Cuts
- FINA Olympic Qualifying Standards
Night two of the 2021 Atlanta Classic will feature the finals of the women’s and men’s 200 fly, 50 free, 100 back, 200 breast, and the 400 free. UGA’s Dakota Luther leads the women’s 200 fly event while Cal’s Trenton Julian and DART’s Luca Urlando swam 0.07s within each other this morning to land the middle lanes on the men’s side. After tying for the 100 fly title yesterday, Nashville’s Gretchen Walsh and Athens’ Natalie Hinds tied again this morning for the top two seeds in the women’s 50 free while Brazil’s Bruno Fratus enters the men’s 50 free with a two-tenths prelims advantage over WR holder Caeleb Dressel.
Flipping over to the women’s 100 back, NCAA star Rhyan White will race Olympian Olivia Smoliga while Cal’s Daniel Carr led prelims over WR holder Ryan Murphy in the men’s 100 back. Then, Kentucky’s Gillian Davey and Olympian Kevin Cordes will headline the 200 breast finals while 16-year-old Hayden Miller and Florida’s Kieran Smith will close the meet out in the 400 free events.
The session will first start off with a three-way swim-off for the 10th spot in the women’s 50 free championship final following a top-10 scratch. Swimming for the A-final spot will be Alyssa Marsh, Morgan Scott, and Maddy Banic, all swimming 25.98 this morning.
Update: Scott won the swim-off at 25.65 and is headed to the A-final. Marsh (25.72) and Banic (25.96) will contest in the B-final.
WOMEN’S 200 FLY – FINALS
- Meet Record: 2:08.61, Hali Flickinger (ABSC), 2016
- Wave II Cut: 2:12.56
- Wave I Cut: 2:14.59
- Dakota Luther (Athens Bulldog), 2:09.33
- Izzy Gati (Kentucky), 2:10.94
- Amanda Ray (Unattached), 2:11.87
Storming to the win in the women’s 200 fly with a sub-2:10 effort was Athens Bulldog Dakota Luther, touching in at 2:09.33. Luther now moves up to No. 7 in the 2020-2021 US rankings. Finishing in second place was Kentucky’s Izzy Gati at 2:10.94 while Florida’s Amanda Ray hit 2:11.87 for third place.
Bluefish 18-year-old Summer Smith placed fourth at 2:11.97, smashing her personal best of 2:13.08 and the Wave II cut of 2:12.56. Smith’s swim just snuck in at No. 88 all-time in the 17-18 age group rankings.
MEN’S 200 FLY — FINALS
Meet Record: 1:56.29, Caeleb Dressel (GSC), 2019
- Wave II Cut: 1:59.63
- Wave I Cut: 2:01.19
- Trenton Julian (Unattached), 1:55.77 *Meet Record
- Chase Kalisz (Athens Bulldog), 1:56.90
- Jay Litherland (Dynamo), 1:58.10
Out like a lightning bolt was Cal’s Trenton Julian, splitting 54.64 at the halfway point. Julian never slowed down, touching the wall with a season best of 1:55.77. Julian now ranks No. 1 in the US and cracked the top 15 times in the world this season. Placing second in Atlanta was Chase Kalisz at 1:56.90, which moves up to No. 2 in the US rankings.
Julian also took down Dressel’s 2019 meet record of 1:56.29.
Dynamo’s Jay Litherland caught a fading Luca Urlando by 0.06s for third place, 1:58.10 to 1:58.16. Litherland’s time now moves up to No. 8 in the country while Urlando now ranks 9th behind Litherland.
WOMEN’S 50 FREE – FINALS
- Meet Record: 25.21, Simone Manuel (ALTO), 2016
- Wave II Cut: 25.65
- Wave I Cut: 25.99
It was another tight women’s sprint final as teen sensation Gretchen Walsh was holding off Luxembourg’s Julie Meynen and Athens’ Natalie Hinds. Yet it was Walsh who took the win at 25.30, touching out Hinds’ and Meyen’s tied swims of 25.37 by 0.07s.
Winning the B-final was Olivia Smoliga, touching in at 25.55.
MEN’S 50 FREE — FINALS
- Meet Record: 21.73, Michael Andrew (RPC), 2018
- Wave II Cut: 22.71
- Wave I Cut: 23.19
- Caeleb Dressel (Gator), 21.82
- Bruno Fratus (Coral Springs), 21.98
- Quintin McCarty (Pines Peak), 22.51
Blasting off the start to the early lead was Caeleb Dressel, staying ahead of prelims leader Bruno Fratus. As Fratus accelerated into the finish, it was Dressel who took the win at 21.82. Fratus settled for second at 21.98. Meanwhile, 17-year-old Quintin McCarty held off Cal’s Ryan Hoffer by one one-hundredth for third, 22.51 to 22.52. NOVA’s Cristian Quintero took fifth at 22.58 while Alabama’s Matt King matched the Wave II cut at 22.71.
Dressel’s time shaves just 0.01s off his season best of 21.83 from PSS Mission Viejo, only behind Ryan Held‘s 21.62. Meanwhile, McCarty’s new lifetime best now moves him up to No. 15 all-time in 17-18 age group history.
WOMEN’S 100 BACK – FINALS
Meet Record: 1:00.13, Olivia Smoliga (ABSC), 2016
- Wave II Cut: 1:01.49
- Wave I Cut: 1:02.69
- Olivia Smoliga (Athens Bulldog), 58.31 *Meet Record
- Rhyan White (Alabama), 58.43
- Ellie Waldrep (BAY), 1:01.04
At the 50-meter mark, Rhyan White turned at 28.21, two-tenths ahead of Olivia Smoliga‘s 28.47 split. The two traded the narrow lead on the last 50, touching in with a photo-finish. Peering at the scoreboard, Smoliga touched out White by 0.12s, 58.31 to 58.43.
Smoliga and White now boost to the top two times in the US this season and No. 3 and No. 4 in the season world rankings.
MEN’S 100 BACK — FINALS
Meet Record: 53.08, Ryan Murphy (CAL), 2016
- Wave II Cut: 55.51
- Wave I Cut: 56.59
- Ryan Murphy (Cal Aquatics), 52.95 *Meet Record
- Daniel Carr (Unattached), 53.65
- Bryce Mefford (Unattached), 54.63
Breaking his own 2016 meet record and dropping 2.27s from prelims was Ryan Murphy, registering a time of 52.95. Cal teammates Daniel Carr (53.65) and Bryce Mefford (54.63) touched in just ahead of 18-year-old Jack Aikins (55.02) and Cal newcomer Destin Lasco (55.21).
Maldari’s swim tonight moves him to No. 18 all-time in 15-16 age group history.
WOMEN’S 200 BREAST – FINALS
- Meet Record: 2:26.16, Micah Sumrall (GAME), 2018
- Wave II Cut: 2:30.49
- Wave I Cut: 2:33.29
- Meghan Small (Tennessee), 2:28.66
- Brynn Curtis (Unattached), 2:28.77
- Gillian Davey (Kentucky), 2:29.03
Auburn’s Brynn Curtis had over a second lead at the 150-mark over the rest of the field. Then, UGA’s Zoie Hartman began to gain on Curtis along with Tennessee’s Meghan Small and Kentucky’s Gillian Davey. At the touch, it was Small who had the 0.11s advantage over Curtis, 2:28.66 to 2:28.77.
Davey took third at 2:28.77 while Hartman finished in fourth at 2:29.59.
MEN’S 200 BREAST — FINALS
- Meet Record: 2:09.49, Josh Prenot (CAL), 2016
- Wave II Cut: 2:15.28
- Wave I Cut: 2:17.29
- Nic Fink (Athens Bulldog), 2:11.37
- Kevin Cordes (Athens Bulldog), 2:13.30
- Reece Whitley (Unattached), 2:13.69
Utilizing his lethal back-half speed, Athens’ Nic Fink split a consistent 1:07.94 (33.91/34.03) to pull ahead of Kevin Cordes and Reece Whitley. At the touch, Fink powerfully punched the wall at 2:11.37. Meanwhile, Cordes (2:13.30) and Whitley (2:13.69) broke 2:14 for the top three times.
WOMEN’S 400 FREE – FINALS
- Meet Record: 4:00.31, Katie Ledecky (NCAP), 2016
- Wave II Cut: 4:13.28
- Wave I Cut: 4:16.89
- Tylor Mathieu (Unattached), 4:12.89
- Beth McNeese (Kentucky), 4:12.90
- Jillian Barczyk (Lafayette), 4:14.37
With roughly 150 meters left in the women’s 400 free final, Florida’s Tylor Mathieu and Beth McNeese paced neck-and-neck towards the finish. Under the flags, stroke-for-stroke, Mathieu touched out McNeese by one one-hundredth for the win, 4:12.89 to 4:12.90. Both swimmers easily cleared the Wave II cut of 4:13.28. City of Lafayette’s Jillian Barczyk took third at 4:14.37.
MEN’S 400 FREE — FINALS
Meet Record: 3:49.32, Kieran Smith (FLOR), 2021
- Wave II Cut: 3:54.21
- Wave I Cut: 3:57.29
- Kieran Smith (Florida), 3:47.71 *Meet Record
- Jake Magahey (SwimAtlanta), 3:48.56
- Trey Freeman (Florida), 3:50.59
Throughout the race, Jake Magahey was pacing off of Kieran Smith‘s long stroke. Into the last 25 meters, Magahey was kicking like a boat as Smith remained sailing with the lead, dropping 1.61s from this morning at 3:47.71. Maghey settled for second at 3:48.56 while Florida Gator Trey Freeman placed third at 3:50.59.
Time Trials Update: Gators Caeleb Dressel and Khader Baqlah swam an evening 100 free side-by-side. Dressel waded to a 48.67, which is 0.01s faster than Ryan Held‘s US No. 1 time of 48.68, while Baqlah swam a FINA Olympic B time of 49.29. Meanwhile, Ryan Lochte swam a 200 IM time trial of 2:02.29, splitting 25.33/31.65/36.84/28.47.